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At 22.41 hours on 1 Oct 1942 the unescorted Achilles was hit on port side aft by one torpedo from U-202 while steaming on a zigzag course at 8 knots about 110 miles southeast of Trinidad. The explosion ignited the ammunition for the stern gun and blew off the stern completely, killing one of the six British gunners (the ship was armed with one 4 inch, two 20mm and four machine guns) and seriously injuring another.

The second engineer and two crew members were also wounded. After the crew abandoned ship in a motorboat and a lifeboat, she was hit on starboard side amidships by a coup de grâce at 23.01 hours. The second explosion caused the ship to break up and sink rapidly. The survivors were not questioned by the Germans. The motorboat then took the other boat in tow and made landfall in the evening of the next day at Moruga, Trinidad. (


MasterJong de, Klaas
Length295.6 feet (90.1 m)
Width40.4 feet (12.3 m)
Draft18.7 feet (5.7 m)
Tonnage1815 ton


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